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Transparent Plastics

Design and Technology

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. A Brief History of Plastic Buildings

  3. Material and Form — “Form Follows Material?”

  4. Transparent Plastics Between Intellectualisation and Trash Culture

  5. Exhibition

    1. ABB Architects, Bernhard Franken
      Pages 40-45
    2. MCA-Mario Curinella Architects
      Pages 46-51
    3. Atelier Kempe Thill
      Pages 52-55
    4. Atelier Brückner
      Pages 56-63
  6. Residences

    1. Shigeru Ban
      Pages 70-75
    2. Tekuto Architecture Studio
      Pages 76-80
    3. Ash Sakula
      Pages 82-85
    4. Lacaton & Vassal
      Pages 86-91
    5. Arconiko
      Pages 92-97
    6. Pfeifer.Kuhn
      Pages 98-103
  7. Culture and Sports

    1. Shigeru Ban
      Pages 104-109
    2. Staib Architects, Günter Behnisch
      Pages 110-115
    3. Herzog + Partner
      Pages 116-121
    4. Herzog &de Meuron
      Pages 122-129
  8. Research

    1. D. J. Siegert
      Pages 130-135

About this book


Recent years have seen the construction of buildings made of plastic, structures that are as attractive as they are unusual. After initial experiments in the 1970s, plastic is currently experiencing a tremendous boom. Originally used for temporary structures like the BMW Pavilion in Frankfurt, it is now employed in many permanent buildings as well, including the recent Catholic church in Radebeul by Staib/Behnisch. Prominent international avant-garde architects such as Shigeru Ban and Herzog & de Meuron frequently use transparent plastic for their structures. Transparent plastic seems ephemeral and thus captures the spirit of the times. Its various qualities between transparent and translucent make it possible to achieve fascinating effects with light and color.

Projects presented include the Allianz Arena in Munich by Herzog & de Meuron, the Rocket Tower in Leicester by Grimshaw & Partners, the Paper Art Museum by Shigeru Ban in Shizuoka, Japan, and the public housing development Cité Manifeste in Mulhouse by Lacaton Vassal.


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About the authors

Simone Jeska was born in 1965 and studied architecture at the Technische Fachhochschule in Nürnberg as well as theory and history of architecture at the ETH in Zurich. She is the author of a number of publications on architecture and is co-author of Office Buildings: A Design Manual.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Transparent Plastics
  • Book Subtitle Design and Technology
  • Authors Simone Jeska
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Basel 2008
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-7643-7470-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-7643-8287-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 159
  • Number of Illustrations 142 b/w illustrations, 150 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Basics of Construction
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